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House narrowly passes farm bill, leaves out food stamps
House narrowly passes farm bill, leaves out food stamps

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans narrowly passed a beleaguered farm bill Thursday, but only after they eliminated the food stamp program for low-income families that conservatives have wanted to cut. Even with the massive reduction in food aid, though, Republican leaders could barely rally support to pass the bill. In the past, farm bills have reliably won support from congressional Republicans, many of whom represent rural districts, but last month conservatives defeated a version of the measure, which they decried as overspending. This time, with the food stamp section of the bill removed, it passed 216-208, with 12 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposition. Approval may be...

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